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Department of Theology and Religion


Dr Anna Rowlands, MA (Cantab) MA (London) PhD (Manchester)

St Hilda Associate Professor of Catholic Social Thought & Practice in the Department of Theology and Religion
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43968
Room number: Abbey House 106

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Research Interests

  • Forced Migration, Political Theology, Catholic social thought, Gillian Rose, Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt


Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Rowlands, Anna (Accepted). Beginning in the Middle: the third city and the politics of membership. In Misrecognitions. Davis, Joshua B. Wipf and Stock.
  • Rowlands, Anna (Accepted). On the Promise and Limits of Politics: Faith-Based Responses to Asylum-Seeking. In Fortress Britain? Ethical approaches to Immigration. Ryan, Ben jessica Kingsley.
  • Rowlands, Anna (2018). Against the Manichees: Immigration detention and the theo-political imagination. In Religion in the European Refugee Crisis. Schmiedel, Ulrich & Smith, Graeme Palgrave Macmillan.

Edited book

Selected Grants

  • 2017: Post-Laudato Si' project: theology, ecology and development (£116000.00 from Stichting Porticus)
  • 2016: Local Community Experiences and Responses to Conflict Induced Displacement from Syria: Views from Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey (£74872.09 from AHRC)
  • 2015: PhD in the area of Catholic charitable work around homelessness (£45000.00 from The Charles Plater Trust)